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Nintendo Unveils High-Definition Player to Succeed Aging Wii

Tuesday, 07 Jun 2011 02:43 PM

Nintendo Co. unveiled its first high-definition video-game console, to be used with a touch-screen control pad, as the company prepares to replace its aging Wii and defend its lead against old and new rivals.

The world’s largest maker of video-game players plans to begin selling the WiiU next year, Nintendo said today at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. The motion-sensing device, using a proprietary optical format for games, will be able to play all game titles made for the Wii, said Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo America.

President Satoru Iwata is counting on the WiiU to revive console sales for Kyoto, Japan-based Nintendo. While the company said it sold more than 86 million units through April, deliveries have been shrinking for two years. Makers of dedicated hardware including Nintendo and Sony Corp. face added competition from mobile device makers such as Apple Inc., and from games played on social websites including Facebook.

“As an industry what we haven’t achieved yet is a game platform that is equally satisfying for all players,” Iwata said. “This is exactly what we intend to create with our new home platform.”

Microsoft Corp.’s Kinect motion-sensing controller and Sony’s Move motion controller, both introduced in the past year, have spurred sales, according to industry tracker NPD Group.

Nintendo didn’t name a price for the new console, previously referred to as “Project Café.” The controller has a front- facing digital camera, and features a 6.2-inch touch screen, shoulder firing pads, an expansion SD card slot and game controls on a flat pad. It is the centerpiece of the company’s turnaround strategy, company executives said.

Hide-and-Seek

With it, users are able to wirelessly connect to the console and shift content back and forth from a large screen in the living room to the smaller screen. Nintendo developers also demonstrated games in which one person uses the touch screen for cooperative play with up to four others using Wii remote controls. This, for example, would allow one player in a hide-and-seek game to see the whole maze, while her pursuers see only their vantage point.

“The new platform will provide deeper game experiences than what even the most passionate gamer have realized before,” Iwata said. “It will let everyone see games in a different way.”

Nintendo, projecting its first annual profit gain in three years, has forecast sales of its handheld 3DS player to climb to 16 million units this fiscal year.

The company must woo casual users with technology that differentiates it from competitors, Yuki Nakayasu, an analyst at UBS AG in Tokyo, said in a June 2 note to investors. He has a “buy” rating on Nintendo’s shares.

Nintendo rose 40 yen to 17,950 yen today in Osaka and has declined 25 percent this year.

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